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Thomas. R. Morris

Thomas. R. Morris

Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
  • Appeals & Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business Law ...
  • Michigan
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Biography

B.A., International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University. J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1986. Practice concentrated in bankruptcy, commercial law, business law, workouts, real estate and complex situations.

Education
University of Michigan Law School
J.D.
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Michigan State University
B.A. | international relations
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James Madison College
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Professional Experience
member
Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
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shareholder
Shefferly, Silverman & Morris
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attorney
Schlussel, Lifton
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Michigan Exemption Initiative
Michigan Business Law Journal
The History and Futrure of Michigan Debtor Exemptions
Michigan Business Law Journal
Representing Small Business Debtors in Bankruptcy
ICLE
The Discharge of "Trustee" Debts: Defining the Term "Fiduciary Capacity" under Bankruptcy Code section 523(a)(4)
Michigan Business Law Journal
Judgment Liens Against Real Property: H.B. 4941 Proposes Major Changes
Michigan Real Property Review
Speaking Engagements
Individual Chapter 11 Reorganizations, ABI Central States conference, Traverse City, Michigan
American Bankruptcy Institute
moderator and speaker
Awards
listing 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Superlawyers
Professional Associations
Creditor/Debtors Rights Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
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American Bankruptcy Institute
member
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Activities: Occasional lecturer.
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State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee
member
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Business Law Section Council
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
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6th Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    The depth and duration of the free consultation depends upon the nature and scope of the potential engagement.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Standard hourly rate is $350.
Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Collections
    Foreclosure Defense
    International Law
    Human Rights, Imports & Exports
Languages
  • French: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Our waste removal contract requires 60 day notice to cancel before our expired contract auto renews. Can we break this?
A: The renewal provision is probably enforceable. If the hauler is not performing in accordance with the contract, notify it in writing of the deficiency. Perhaps you can terminate the contract if the deficiency is not cured. Without a copy of the contract, I am at a disadvantage in trying to identify your options.
Q. my father passed away 2 days ago. no will. my brother changed locks to house. refuses to let me on the property
A: If your brother was the joint tenant of the house with your father, he acquired sole title upon your father's death and would be within his rights to exclude others. However, if your father was the sole owner of the house, and died intestate (meaning without a will), then his children, assuming he had no wife, would be the heirs and your brother would not be entitled to keep the house. There are not enough facts here to determine whether the police should be called. You should see an attorney to identify your rights and determine what to do.
Q. Can I sue a home inspector who had falsely report roof conditions?
A: I am skeptical of your chances because the typical home-inspection contract contains strong disclaimers. Also, no roof lasts forever and the characterizations of the condition are subjective. Given that the typical roof lasts for 20-30 years, the inspector’s estimate may not have been far off. Two homeowners with identical roofs won’t replace the roof at the same time and could differ by 6 years in the time that they choose to keep the old roof. But, see an attorney for a more thorough review.
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Silverman & Morris, P.L.L.C.
32300 Northwestern Highway
suite 215
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Telephone: (248) 539-1330
Fax: (248) 539-1355